Lake Wales Obituaries
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>Grace Elizabeth WHIDDEN / FREELAND- 82 - Lake Wales - Grace died Sunday morning Sept.28, 2008 at her home.
   Grace was born June 19, 1926, in Lake Wales, but was raised in Bartow where she graduated from Summerlin Institute, she then graduated from Florida State University in 1948. Grace moved to Lake Wales to teach physical education in their school system, she coached girls basketball in Lake Wales High School and later served as athletic director at Webber College for 20 years.
 
Grace was a member of First Prebyterian Church of Lake Wales, she was past president of the Lake Wales Golf Association and club champion. Grace volunteered at the gift shop at Lake Wales Hospital for many years.
 Preceded in death by her husband, William R."Bill"Freeland in 1985 and a son, F.Robert "Bobby"Freeland in 2006. Survived by; daughter Dee , sons; W.Thomas & David, sisters, Esther, & Laverne- 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Visitation Sept.30,2008 at Marion Nelson Funeral Home, Services Oct.1,2008 at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales, Interment at a later date.
 ( The Ledger,Monday, Sept.29, 2008, page B-4 )
>ODOM , Cindy  - 1966 - 2011 -    She was born September 2, 1966 in Lake Wales and was a lifelong resident of the Lake Wales and Frostproof. She was a waitress and loved to read and watch movies. She enjoyed fishing in the past.
  Cindy was preceded in death by her father, Calvin Eugene Patterson.
 Survivors include her daughters, Martha Christine Patterson of Frostproof and Barbie Sue Patterson of Lakeland; parents, Earl Guthrie & Barbara Dugger of Lake Wales; and a sister, Suzie Miranda (Mario) of Lake Wales.
  Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00pm, Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales.
>KEEN, Sammy” , Jr. -  Lake Wales passed away Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 at the Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale. He was 70.
He was born July 16, 1941 in Lake Wales to the late Samuel Merdic and Martha (Bowen) Keen, Sr.; he was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a retired cattle rancher and a member of the Wayside Baptist Church. He was a private pilot, avid hunter, FSU fan and enjoyed traveling.
 Survivors include his wife of 5 years, Carolyn Keen; sons, Steve (Jill) Keen of Lake Wales, Mark (Mary Anne) Keen of Marianna and Daniel Keen of Tampa; daughters, Shelley (Barrett) Nelson of Lake Wales, Angela (Duane) Anderson of Lake Wales and Tammy (Corky) Robarts of Lake Wales; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
 Memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales with the family receiving friends at 10 a.m. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice (105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, Fla. 33823). Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
>CHIP EZELL, 58 - Realestate -
 DELTONA - Carroll Rutledge "Chip" Ezell, 58, Deltona, Florida, died Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at the Hospice of Volusia/Flagler Care Center, in Orange City. He fought the short battle with cancer courageously.
 He was born August 31, 1953 in Lake Wales, Florida, the son of the late Carroll and Sally Ezell. He attended Lake Wales High School and graduated from Sanford Naval Academy in 1971. He was a Boy Scout, a member of the band programs, and a tennis player. He loved skiing, fishing, and camping with friends on the lake growing up. Chip attended Stetson University where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He moved to Deltona in 1982 from Jacksonville. He held licenses in real estate and insurance, and was an enrollment specialist for Univers Workplace Solution of Maitland, Florida. He was a former member of the
Rotary Clubs International. Chip was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, a member with close friends of the Coleman Hunting Club in Georgia. He loved to be in the mountains or on the beach. He cared greatly for his 3 cats, but Scooter was daddy's kitty. In 1973 Chip traveled to Kenya, East Africa with the Southern Baptist Convention to help build medical clinics. He was a happy, kind and giving man, always willing to help anyone and putting other people before himself. He was a Bible believing Christian and trusted his Lord to guide him through this last journey. Through his prayers, comments, and actions, he was a wonderful example to all around him of trusting Christ in this most difficult time.
 He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Leecy Jackson Ezell; his devoted sister, Ginny Ezell Metzler, brother in law, Dave Metzler, of Lakeland, Florida, his niece, Marci Metzler of Largo, nephew, Michael Metzler and his wife, Andrea Thomas Metzler, his five grandnieces and nephews, Susannah, Michael, Jr., Renee, John and Abigail of Poinciana. His family and friends loved him and will miss his encouraging presence.
 Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, FL 32129. A Memorial service is planned for February 18, 2012.
( Ledger, Jan. 1, 2012 )
>JOHNSON, Harold Wayne -
Lake Wales - Harold Wayne Johnson, age 18, of 138 D. Street, died Thursday at him home. A natice of Lake Wales, Harold was a member of the New Shiloh Baptist Church.
 Survivors include his Father, Joel Johnson Sr., and his mother Willie Lee Johnson, both of Lake Wales; his brother, Joel Johnson Jr., Lake Wales, Sam and Henry Johnson , both of Bronx, N. Y. , and Rickey Johnson, Haines City; his sisters, Florence Travis, N.Y.City, Ethel Wilson, Bronx, N.Y. , Aand Idella Parks and Phylis Johnson, both of Lake Wales, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Sanders, Lake Wales. ( Epps Funeral Home, Lake Wales. Ledger, Sept. 7, 1978, pg. 3-C )
> MARION J. (HAMBURG) ELLIS – 88 -  Related to Margaret (following obit )
LAKE WALES - Marion J. (Hamburg) Ellis passed away on March 14, 2012 at the age of 88 at the Groves Center in Lake Wales due to complications of Alzheimer's.A lifelong resident of Lake Wales, Mrs. Ellis was born in Lake Wales, Florida, in 1923, the daughter of Arthur and Viola Hamburg. Mrs. Ellis attended Lake Wales High School. She served three years in the U.S.Navy as a registered nurse. She was discharged in 1946 and came back to Lake Wales, where she was employed in the healthcare field. Mrs. Ellis was an accomplished golfer and won the Lake Wales Ladies' Club Championship several times. She was also an avid fisherman and hunter as well as a loving wife and devoted mother.
 
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Henry L. "Pete" Ellis of Lake Wales; her two sons, Michael (Meridel) Ellis of Wellington, Florida and Philip Ellis of Chelsea, Alabama; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret MacDonald and Florence Bass, and her brothers, Robert and Bud Hamburg.
 Visitation will be held Friday March 16, 2012 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home. Graveside services were held Saturday, March 17, 2012 at the Lake Wales Cemetery. (Ledger, March 16, 2012 )

>MARGARET  LORESSA  HANDLEY – 86 -
OWENS, JAMES FRANKLIN -  78
LAKELAND - Mr. James Franklin Owens, 78, of Lakeland, FL., passed away on Saturday March 24, 2012. He was the husband of Audrey (Davis) Owens. James was born in Lake Wales, Florida on December 25, 1933, the son of the late Theodore R. and Emma (Partin) Owens.
 James is survived by his wife Audrey Owens, 2 daughters Dana Owens Black, and Sandi Muccino and two sons Dexter W. Owens, and Roy Mc-Adams. He is also survived by 2 brothers Edwin Owens and Julius Owens, 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren.

 James was preceded in death by his son Dennis in 1978, and a daughter Janice McAdams in 2007.
A Celebration of his life was held, Saturday March 31, 2012 officiated by Ken Owens. A visitation was held from 3pm until service time. arrangements under the direction of Osceola Memory Gardens Cemetery Funeral Home and Crematory, 1717 Old Boggy Creek Rd. Kissimmee, Fla. 34744

>LOIS E. KEMP ALBRITTON
Lois E. Kemp Albritton of Lake Wales passed away Monday, July 23, 2012 at the Lake Wales Medical Center.
 She was born November 7, 1946 in Lake Wales to the late William David Evans, Sr. and Lois Kirkland Johnson; and has been a lifelong resident of this area. Lois was a security officer for Vickers Security, and she attended the West Side Baptist Church.
 Survivors include husband, Ceylon (Skip) Albritton, her daughters, Lois S. Rush (Stan) of Chester, SC and Leslie Ann Smith (Jeremy) of Lehighton, PA; son, Lee Adam Wiseburn (Tonya) of Columbia, NJ; mother, Lois K. Johnson of Lake Wales; brother, Audie James Evans of Uvalde, GA; sisters, Linda Collins of Winter Haven, Rita Albritton of Lake Wales, and Audrey Yates of Lake Wales; and ten grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
- Memorial services will be held at a later date.

>LINDA FLANNERY - 63
LAKE WALES - Linda Flannery, 63, was born January 24, 1949, in Garland County, Arkansas, and departed this life Sunday, September 2, 2012 from heart failure at her home in Lake Wales. She was the daughter of the late Bertha Mae Meeks and William Edward Anthony. Linda was of the Baptist faith.
 She was predeceased by her parents and brother Ronald Edward Anthony.
 Lind
a is survived by her husband of 29 years Moss Flannery; son Steven Stuart Fifer; and grandson Dillon Stuart Fifer of Lake Wales; brothers Walter C. (Judy) Anthony and Billy L. (Sharon) Anthony; and Aunt Vinnie Mae Clayton. She was blessed with 4 other children: Kevin Bash, David Flannery, Lori (Michael) Durbin, and Vicki Flannery. She is also survived by 8 other grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and countless nieces, nephews, and cousins.
 Visitation was held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 and Funeral Services will be held Thursday, September 6, 2012, at Oak Ridge Funeral Care Haines City. Interment will follow at Fitzgerald Cemetery in Lakeland. ( The Ledger, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 )
>CAROL MARIE CROSBY -  64 - Lake Wales Medical Center ECF
LAKE WALES - Carol Marie Crosby of Lake Wales passed away Sunday, September 09, 2012 at her residence. (Cancer) . Carol was born July 22, 1948 in Winter Haven, Florida to the late Robert and Doris (Robertson) Hamburg; she was a lifelong resident of Lake Wales. She was an Administrative Supervisor for the Lake Wales Medical Center ECF, loved to Snook fish, followed Junior on hunting trips all over the country; she was very family oriented, loved her step-sons, took care of her late mother and sister and was a great gardener.
 C
arol was preceded in death by her Parents Robert and Doris Hamburg.
 Survivors include her husband, Griffin G. "Jr" Crosby of 27 years; step-sons, John P. (wife Debbie) Crosby of Lake Wales, Griffin G. "Nick" (wife Martine) Crosby III of Lake Wales; brother, Jeffrey Hamburg of Raleigh, NC; 4 step grandchildren; a niece, 2 nephews and many cousins.
 Memorial services will be held, Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the Lake Wales Lutheran
Church with Dr. John Glamann officiating.
The family will have a reception at the church following the service. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made in her honor to Moffitt Cancer Center (12901 Bruce B Downs Blvd. Tampa, Florida 33612) - The Ledger, Sept.9, 2012
>ERNEST W. YATES - 67
LAKE WALES - Ernest W. Yates, 67, of Lake Wales, FL died Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Astoria Health and Rehab Center in Winter Haven due to renal failure. Born June 15, 1945 in Samson, AL to Cloise and Bessie Yates, he moved to Polk County in 1957. He was Church of God faith and had worked as a heavy equipment operator for Florida Rock. Ernest was also a veteran of the
Vietnam War proudly serving in the U.S. Navy.
 Ernest is preceded in death by his first wife Peggy in 1989, his parents, and a brother, Edward Yates.
 He is survived by: wife Fredda; 4 sons, Marcus Yates of Winter Haven, Scott Yates of Winter Haven, Timothy Yates of Lake Hamilton and Jonathan Yates of Lake Wales; a brother, Bueford Yates of Ft. Pierce, FL; 3 sisters, Elizabeth Maynard, Doris Ritter and Jearldean Archie, all of Winter Haven; and seven grandchildren, Kaliene, Skylar, Hannah, Gage, Dustin, Logan, Hallie, and Dominique.
The family will receive friends, Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Winter Haven. Funeral Services will be in the Funeral Home Chapel. - Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery in Haines City. (The Ledger, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 )
>HENRY L. "PETE" ELLIS, 89
LAKE WALES - Henry L. "Pete" Ellis passed away on November 1, 2012, at the age of 89 due to heart failure.
A life-long resident of Lake Wales, Mr. Ellis was born in Millville, Florida, in 1923, and came to Lake Wales at the age of two months with his parents, Joseph Leo Ellis and Ouida Mae Ellis. Mr. Ellis attended Lake Wales High School where he was a star member of the football and track teams. He graduated from Draughn's Business College in Atlanta, Georgia with a degree in Accounting.
He served three years in the
U.S. Navy as a pharmacist's mate aboard LST 978 in the Pacific. He was discharged in 1946 and came back to Lake Wales, joining the accounting firm of Bunting, Tripp and Ingley where he spent his entire professional career, retiring in 1988 with 42 years of service. He married Marion Joyce HAMBURG of Lake Wales in 1947 and had two sons.
Mr. Ellis was a member of the
Elks Lodge Number 1974, the past president of the Lions Club, a past director of the Chamber of Commerce and Committee of 100 and a past director of the original Lake Wales Little League. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and hunter.
 Pete was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Marion Ellis. ( obit for Marion is listed above)
 He is survived by two sons, Michael Ellis (Meridel) of Wellington, FL and Philip Ellis of Chelsea, AL; his twin brother, Joseph C. Ellis of Lake Wales; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
 A private family graveside services will be held at the Lake Wales Cemetery. Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 
(Ledger, Nov. 2, 2012 ) - Marion Joyce Hamburg/Ellis is listed above
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>SARAH ALEXANDER RICKETTS
Sara Alexander Ricketts of Lake Wales passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at her residence.
 She was born November 16, 1920 in Sumter, SC to the late Robert Judson & Gladys (Turner) Alexander; she came to Lake Wales with her family at age 5 from Sumter, SC. She dedicated her life as a homemaker and loving mother; she enjoyed taking care of her family and was known for her good southern cooking, especially her fried chicken. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, an avid Gator fan and enjoyed many years of playing tennis with her friends.
 Sara was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert Judson Alexander Jr and W. Durward Alexander.
 Survivors include her husband, Tommy Ricketts; sons, Steve Ricketts (Carol) of Lake Wales, David Ricketts (Colleen) of Lakeland and Tim Ricketts (Shawn) of Babson Park; and nine grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held 10:00 am Saturday, July 7, 2012 at the Lake Wales Cemetery with Rev. Jeffrey B. Kantz officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Florida United Methodist Children's Home (51 Children's Way, Enterprise, Florida 32725

>DOUGLAS ARD -  70 – Retired Welder
Lake Wales - Douglas Ard of Lake Wales passed away Monday, December 24, 2012 peacefully at his home due to cancer. Douglas was born December 26, 1941 in Ozark, Alabama to the late Thomas A. and Agnes E. (Johnston) Ard and has been a lifelong resident of the area. He was a retired Welder in agriculture. Douglas was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoyed spending time with his kids, grandkids and family. He served in the US Army and was of the Baptist faith. Was known to many as "Grandpa" to many.
 Survivors include his wife, Rose M. Ard of 51 years; daughter, Anita (Ron) Thomas of Lake Wales; son, Steve (Julie) Ard of Lake Wales; sisters, Joan Underwood of Lake Wales, Lisa Brackett of Newton, Al; grandchildren, Jason, Chris (Jacki), Darrell (Mellissa), Trevor (Tiffany) and Tracey (Ritchie); 3 great grandchildren, Makenzie, Carson, Tristen and several nieces and nephews.
 Funeral services will be held Friday, December 28, 2012 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home with Rev. Stephen Bolden officiating. Family will receive friends Friday evening from 5:00 until service time.
 Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Lake Wales is in charge of local arrangements.
(The Ledger,Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 )
>MRS. VONNIE  McLEOD – 72 -
LAKE WALES -- Mrs. Vonnie McLeod of Lake Wales died of respiratory failure Wednesday (July 14, 2004) at her home. She was 72. Born Oct. 22, 1931, in Walton County, she came to Lake Wales from Walton County in 1937. She worked in customer service for Jiffy Food Store and was a waitress for Sand's Restaurant, Lake Wales. She was a member of First Assembly of God, Lake Wales.
Mrs. McLeod was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. McLeod.
She is survived by her sons, David McLeod and Larry McLeod, both of Lake Wales; daughters, Bonnie Cooper, Sylvia Felipe and Sue Griffin, all of Lake Wales; stepdaughters, Anne Sexton, Barbara McCranie and Debbie Clemons, all of Lake Wales; two grandchildren; nine step grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Auburndale. Services will be Saturday at the funeral home chapel. - Ledger, July 16, 2004
>J. DAVID McLEOD – 50 -
LAKE WALES - J. David McLeod, 50, of Lake Wales died of heart failure Friday, June 01, 2007 at the Lake Wales Medical Center.
Born August 17, 1956 in Lake Wales; he was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a mechanic for B&B Loading in Lake Wales. He attended the Pentecostal church, enjoyed working on cars and was a jack of all trades.
Survivors include his wife, Penny R. McLeod of Lake Wales; daughter, Heather McLeod of Lake Wales; sons, Jimmy McLeod of Lake Wales; Wayne Nealey of Lake Wales; brother, Larry McLeod of Lake Wales; sisters, Anne Sexton of Lake Wales; Barbara McCranie of Lake Wales; Debra McLeod of Waycross, GA; and 2 grandchildren
Visitation will be held until service time at 4:00 PM, Tuesday, June 05, 2007 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales with Pastor Stephen Reed officiating. – Ledger, June 2, 2007
>LARRY E. "STICKY"  CAMPBELL – 71 - Verizon
LAKE WALES - Larry E. "Sticky" Campbell of Lake Wales passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the Winter Haven Hospital due to respiratory failure.
He was born September 4, 1941 in Lake Wales to the late Selma & Nina Campbell; he was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a retired equipment technician for Verizon and a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He was Lake Wales High School's biggest fan of all athletics and was a very dedicated volunteer. He was the clock operator for football and basketball for many years. He was also a Lake Wales Little League volunteer and umpire.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Byron Campbell.
Survivors include his sons, Brad & Heather-Jo Campbell of Pembroke Pines and Scott Campbell of Lake Wales; brothers, Ronald Campbell of Fort Myers and Tommy Campbell of Tulsa, OK; sister-in-law, Earlene Campbell of Fort Myers; four granddaughters, McKenzie, Brooke, Maryska & Hanya Campbell.
Memorial service will be held  Monday, February 11, 2013 at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. There will be a reception following the service at the Holy Spirit Parrish Center. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Lake Wales Little League or the Lake Wales Booster Club. - Ledger, Thur. Feb. 7, 2013
>NOAH E. HOLTON, Jr. – 92 - Holton in the Holton Insurance Agency
LAKE WALES - Mr. Noah E. Holton, Jr., 92, of Lake Wales, Florida, died on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Lake Wales Medical Center, of natural causes. He was born March 1, 1921 in Axson, Atkinson County, Georgia, to Georgia State Senator Noah E. Holton, Sr. and Rilza Tanner Holton. He attended Coffee County Schools, South Georgia College, attended Georgetown University, and graduated from the
University of Georgia, the University Of Georgia College Of Law, and the New York University Law School with a Master's in Taxation. In 1949 he was admitted to the Georgia Bar. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II as a navigator on the flight crew for the Army Judge Advocate Corps serving Chief Justice Robert H. Jackson during the Nuremberg Nazi War Crime Trials. He maintained a love of aviation his entire life. He was employed with the Ernst & Ernst Accounting Firm of Atlanta and moved to Florida in 1954 to be a partner with his uncle R.O. Holton in the Holton Insurance Agency in Winter Haven. He and his family moved to Lake Wales in 1969 and along with his wife Louise, owned the Noah's Ark Bed and Breakfast and other local businesses. He was a lifelong Methodist by faith.
 He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-seven years Louise Park Holton, daughters Lynn Holton McMahon of Summit, New Jersey and Lori Holton Loveless and her husband Chuck of Lake Wales, and three grandchildren Ellen Louise McMahon, Shelby Lynn Loveless, and James Tanner McMahon. He was affectionately called "Honey" by his three grandchildren, who will cherish the memories of his teasing nature, trips to AirVenture in Wisconsin, and deep love of each of them.
 He was preceded in death by his siblings B. H. Byrd, Myrtle Wilson, Johnnie Wilson, Dr. Francis Holton, Maggie Ruth Slade, the Honorable Elie Holton, and Phylis Dixon.
A graveside service will be Monday, April 8, 2013, at the Douglas Cemetery in Douglas, Georgia with Rev. Gregory Pope officiating.
 Ledger, Monday, April 8, 2013
>MRS. NAOMI L. LOWREY – 77 - Homemaker
LAKE WALES -- Mrs. Naomi L. Lowrey of Lake Wales died of heart failure Friday (Sept. 29, 2006) at Dove Health Care in Lake Wales. She was 77.
Born in Bartow on June 4, 1929, she came to Lake Wales from Bartow 53 years ago. She was a homemaker. She was a Baptist.
 Mrs. Lowrey was preceded in death by her husband, Jack C. Lowrey.
 She is survived by her daughter, Carol Ann McNaughton, Orlando; sister, Elizabeth Bruce, Bartow; brothers, Charlie Brogdon, California, Howard Brogdon, John P. Brogdon, both of Bartow; two grandchildren.
 Visitation will be, Monday at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 E. Main St., Bartow. Graveside services will follow at Wildwood Cemetery. – Ledger Sept. 30, 2006
>JAMES PAUL WHITAKER -  95 - Florida Power Corp.
LAKE WALES - James Paul Whitaker of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, May 08, 2013 at Grace Health Care due to natural causes.
He was born November 10, 1917 in Gordon, AL to the late Julius Augustus & Dicey Wilkerson Whitaker; and he came here from Sumter County, FL in 1929. Soon after graduating from Lake Wales High School he joined the
Army when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and was attached to a chemical warfare group. After World War II he returned to Lake Wales and got a job with the Florida Power Corporation, retiring after 50 years of service - the longest anyone has ever worked for that company. He was a member of the First Christian Church, serving as an elder and Sunday School teacher for 45 years. He was instrumental in the development of Lake Aurora Christian Assembly, serving as its Treasurer for 25 years. He was a member of the V.F.W. and operated the lights for the Black Hills Passion Play for many years. Mr. Whitaker enjoyed swimming, dancing and outdoor activities; and in his younger years, he was active in the Lake Wales Little League.
 Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve P. Whitaker in 1997; four sisters, Grace Albritton, Carmen Guida, Carlene Hart and Ruthie Mae Tolar; and one brother, Russell Aubrey Whitaker.
 Survivors include his son, J. Aubrey Whitaker (Judi) of Lake Wales; two grandchildren, Allison Whitaker Guerra and Steven Whitaker (Megan); and three grandchildren, Ashleigh Guerra, Sydnie and Sophia Whitaker.
 Visitation will be held from 2:00 pm until the funeral service at 3:00 pm Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales. Memorial donations may be sent in his honor to Lake Aurora Christian Camp or Florida Christian College in Kissimmee. Condolences may be sent to the family and the webcast of the service can be viewed at
www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.com .- Ledger, Sunday, May 12, 2013
>MR. NORMAN CARNIE – 85 - Baseball Player
LAKE CITY -- Mr. Norman Carnie, a Lake Wales native, died of complications of Alzheimer's disease Tuesday (Aug. 26, 2003) at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. He was 85. Born in Lake Wales, he lived there and in Babson Park. Currently, he was living in New Hampshire, Florida and Black Mountain, N.C. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II, spending nearly two years in a German prisoner-of-war camp. He was a professional baseball player and a jazz musician.
 Mr. Carnie is survived by his wife, Eleanor; son, Gary; daughters, Bonnie Carney, Jamie Wiley, Kathleen Heyman and Beth Carnie; brother, Roger; five step-grandchildren; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were Tuesday at St. James Episcopal Church, Black Mountain. Memorial donations may be made to St. James Episcopal Church. – Ledger, Sept. 3, 2003
>SHIRLEY ODOM POLK - 62 - Polk Co. School Board
LAKELAND - Shirley Odom Polk, 62, a Polk County School Board retiree, passed away on July 8, 2013 from respiratory failure. Shirley was born October 31, 1950 in Abbeville, Alabama to the late Oscar Edward Odom and Merle Cureton Odom. She grew up at Breezy Point on the banks of Crooked Lake between Babson Park and Frostproof.
Shirley graduated from Lake Wales Senior High in 1968 and received an Associate of Arts degree from Polk Community College.
She is survived by her mother, Merle Cureton Odom of Lake Wales, Fl, children Simon Polk, Lakeland, Fl., Sarah Elizabeth King, New Orleans, La, Samantha Ariel Polk, Tampa, Fl and their father Charled Polk of Lake Wales, Fl., grandchildren Jasmine Elizabeth King, Thomas Alexander King, New Orleans, La, and special granddaughter of the heart Jessica Carter, sisters Dale Fischer, Mae Lee, Sandy Odom and Kathy Odom, all of Lake Wales, Fl., numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
 Friends and family are invited to gather Sunday, July 21st, 2013 at 1425 Elgin Street, Lakeland to reminisce about Shirley's extraordinary and cherished life. "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience." Teilhard de Chardin. – Ledger, Wed. July 17, 2013
>DAVID ERNEST BLACK - 79 -
LAKELAND - David Ernest Black passed away peacefully July 28, 2013, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center surrounded by family. David was born in Chicago, IL May 9, 1934 and moved to Lake Wales as a young boy. He was a graduate of Lake Wales High School and Erskine College in Due West, SC.
 He married his wife Lynda Hunter Black on Aug 1, 1959 and moved to Bartow. He went on to have a long career in banking being President of Florida National Bank and President and Chairman of the Board of Community National Bank. Upon retirement from banking, he began work at the law office of Frost, Van den Boom and Smith as comptroller. David was a member of the Bartow Kiwanis Club and Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
 He is survived by his wife Lynda Belle Hunter Black, daughter Meg Dunlap George Rocky , grandchildren George Dunlap V. Angela , David Alex Dunlap, daughter Anne Fisher Champe , grandchildren Champe Fisher III, Caroline Fisher and Sam Fisher, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Wallace and Barbara Orr and nephew William "Bill" Orr Susan .
 He was predeceased by his father Paul Black, mother Helen Black, brother Phil Black and sister Marthann Tillman.
The family will receive friends Friday at their home. Graveside service will be, Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 at Wildwood Cemetery in Bartow.
 In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be to Bartow Police Dept. 450 N Broadway Ave Bartow, FL 33830 or Bartow Fire Dept., 110 E Church St Bartow, FL 33830. – Ledger, Tuesday, July 30, 2013
>DONALD B. WHITLOCK - 86 - Executive Consultant
LAKE WALES - Donald B. Whitlock of Lake Wales passed away Friday, December 23, 2011 at the Good Shepherd Hospice facility in Auburndale due to heart failure. He was born March 25, 1925 in Warsaw, NY to the late Donald Benedict Whitlock I and Lydia (Birch) Whitlock; and came to Lake Wales from Puerto Rico 7 1/2 years ago. He was a self-employed Executive Consultant in engineering, of the Presbyterian faith, and a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. Donald was preceded in death by his daughter, Wendy; son, Donald II; and sister, Ann Lina-weaver.
Survivors include his wife of 35 1/2 years, Carmen A. Whitlock; step-daughter, Evelyn Mendez of Winter Haven; and granddaughter, Sasha, nephew, Walter; and nieces, Kathy and Nancy. No services scheduled at this time. –Ledger, Dec. 28, 2011
>ROGER WAYNE BROWN – 59 – Educator
SAN DIEGO, CA. - Roger Wayne Brown, of San Diego, CA, formerly of Lake Wales, died on 10/15/2010 of heart failure in CA. He was a 1969 graduate of Lake Wales High School and a veteran of the US Army. He received a Bachelor Degree from FAMU, Tallahassee, FL and Masters Degree in Music from University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. He was a band director and music teacher for 29 years in San Diego County Public Schools and 21 years at El Capitan High School.
 Survivors: son, LaMont Brown, US Navy; daughter, Nicole Brown, San Diego; brothers, Tim Williams and Donald Grant of San Diego, William Brown of Tallahassee and Frank Brown of Orlando; sisters, Sandra Brown, Mulberry, FL and Sherita Williams, St. Augustine, FL; 8 grand’s; aunt, Lillian Randolph, Lake Wales. Memorial Services, Sunday, 10/31/2010 at Epps Memorial Funeral Home, Lake Wales.  – Ledger, Oct. 30, 2010

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